Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

This grant is an amount of money allocated to schools based on the number of the 'most disadvantaged' children a school has. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium Grant as they feel is appropriate. Schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent. It is not linked to a specific child but is to be used for overall impact on the achievements of the pupils.

The government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant, which is additional to the main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils.  Pupils for who schools must spend the grant on are the 'most disadvantaged'. This is a government definition; it includes children who ​ have may have been disadvantaged at any point in their life and includes children who:

  • have had free school meals, due to low income at any point in the school life​
  • are 'looked after' by the local authority​
  • adopted from care​
  • are children of Service families


Suggestions for how the grant is used:


  • Schools arrange training and professional development for all their staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils. 

Academic support 

Schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help. 


Wider approaches 

This may include non-academic use of the pupil premium such as: 

  • school breakfast clubs 
  • music lessons for disadvantaged pupils 
  • help with the cost of educational trips or visits 
  • speech and language therapy 


Schools may find using the pupil premium in this way helps to: 

  • increase pupils’ confidence and resilience 
  • encourage pupils to be more aspirational 
  • benefit non-eligible pupils 



Schools must be transparent about how they spend your pupil premium so: 

  • parents, guardians can understand the pupil premium strategy, this is done through the annual strategy document and  'impact statement'
  • governing bodies can see evidence-based practice so they can consider the rationale behind all pupil premium-related decisions


Department For Education

Articles and advice for children and young people.



Ben Jonson Primary pupil premium report 2020-21

 Pupil Premium Report 2019-20

 Pupil premium strategy statement 2021-2022

Pupil premium strategy statement 2021 - 2024

Ben Jonson Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2023-24